The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) combines academic and industry resources for research, education, and dialogue dedicated to the modernization of hospitality industry labor and management relations and human resources management. To support both management and labor, the center sponsors research, classroom enrichment, and industry roundtables. The center also offers a forum for the most recent analysis of labor and employment law by experts and practitioners throughout the industry.

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Director's Welcome

David Sherwyn

"Human resources generally and labor relations specifically constitute a major element of the hospitality industry. This center is dedicated to modernizing the interaction of labor and management for the benefit of all." Read More

CIHLER's eCornell Webinars

CIHLER director David Sherwyn is a thought leader in his field. In his webinar series he and selected industry professionals offer guidance and insight on legal implications for organizations, managers, and employee representatives in the hospitality industry.

National HR in Hospitality Conference

For more than a decade, human resources professionals in the hospitality industry have relied on HR in Hospitality to equip them with powerful guidance tailored to their unique challenges

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Student Engagement

Gundeep Singh speaking at a CIHLER roundtable

CIHLER provides students with a variety of opportunities to stay actively engaged in the industry’s key labor and employment issues. Through the center's events, industry conferences, and courses, students connect with alumni and industry executives. Learn More

Corporate Relations

Endowment Giving Opportunities

You or your firm can help us modernize labor relations in the hospitality industry and expand student knowledge.

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Our members have a place at the table as we analyze the latest labor law holdings and move ahead on labor relations.

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Industry Intelligence

We publish and host commentary and analysis focusing on labor and employee relations.

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Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations BusinessFeed

room full of students observe a real life arbitration
December 6, 2022

From Students to Eye-Witnesses: Undergrads Reflect on NYC Employment Arbitration

Students recently had the unique opportunity to experience an arbitration first-hand in New York City.

June 13, 2022

Hospitality Hiring Crisis: Legal Concerns Facing Employers

Professor Dave Sherwyn of the Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations joins two experts to discuss the latest issues in employment law.

November 30, 2021

Excitement and Readiness Accompanied the 2021 National HR in Hospitality Conference

National HR in Hospitality Conference took place September 21 to September 23, 2021 at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA

Members in the News

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) Advisory Board members and their companies are often featured in the news as thought leaders in their fields. Here, at CIHLER, we are proud to recognize their accomplishments. Please take a moment to learn more about our members!

September 28, 2022

The Hybrid Workplace: Is Management Putting Your Company At Risk?

Featuring CIHLER board member Dana Kravetz, Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson (M&R)

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September 13, 2022

Think FAST: California Enacts Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act

Featuring CIHLER board member Carolyn Richmond ’91 (ILR), Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

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August 18, 2022

Epstein Becker Green Attorneys Recognized by 2023 Best Lawyers for Excellence in the Legal Profession

Featuring CIHLER board member David Garland, Chair, Employment, Labor & Workforce Management Practice, Epstein Becker Green

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